Who are they?

Who are they, I wondered, as new names joined the drama. There was one Mr. Wray. He was joined by one Mr. Kasowitz – who turned out to be an old hand.

Both not so much joined the cast to help jog along “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead“, but to act in “Mayhem at the White House”.

The media had a look at both. They praised Mr. Wray’s integrity. That is to say: until bloggers and folks commenting on various media pages dug deeper.

First there was the news that the man donated money to certain Republican senators. My first reaction was one of wonder. Why donate to individuals and not the party?

This was followed by the news Mr. Wray was the lawyer who helped that odd-ball, sorry, New Jersey governor Chris Christie. To ensure his client got off, Mr. Wray apparently sat on mobile phones. I raised my other eyebrow.

Worse followed. A few bloggers took a look at the site of the law firm in which Mr. Wray is a partner. Remember: Mr. Wray is the Dumb Twit’s pick for FBI director. Turns out Mr. Wray’s firm numbers under its clients two huge Russian companies and at least one undisclosed Kazakhstan one.

The Russian companies are Gazprom and Rosneft. Of course, both are linked to oligarchs and Vladimir Putin. Rosneft’s CEO, Mr Sechin reportedly offered Carter Page, one of Mr. Trump’s buddies, shares in the company – once certain conditions were met.

As for Kazakhstan: the Financial Times and other European media have uncovered links between Mr. Trump and various of its mobsters and power-brokers.

The other player turned out to be Mr. Trump’s lawyer of long standing. But yet again: CNN disclosed Mr. Kasowitz has plenty Russian connections himself. He represents a Russian bank and at least one company owned by a person with “Kremlin connections”.

To cite CNN Politics: “… is defending a Russian bank, OJSC Sberbank, in an ongoing lawsuit in US courts. He also represents a company controlled by a Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska, who has close ties to the Kremlin. … a lawyer with Russian-linked clients representing a president, whose campaign is being investigated for alleged collusion with Russia — could make a messy situation for Trump even messier …

After Mr. Comey testified, all media waited for Mr. Kasowitz statement. Soon after he read out his statement, a CNN journalist pointed out Mr. Kasowitz’ time-line was incorrect. The Atlantic dug deeper.

Matt Ford concludes Mr. Kasowitz: “… offered a contradictory and partially inaccurate defense … Kasowitz’s defense frequently diverged from the public record. … made a significant error … Kasowitz also described Comey’s drafted recollections as “privileged communications, one of which was classified.” Comey never described the memos as classified. … Those circumstances make Kasowitz’s subsequent suggestion of prosecuting Comey for the disclosures even more puzzling. … The overall aim of Kasowitz’s statement appears to be to shift the investigative cloud away from his client and onto the man all but accusing him of obstruction of justice—a task it does not accomplish.

It seems potus is not the only one capable of lying through his teeth. His legal fixer is too. So what to expect from Trump’s pick for FBI director?

More upsetting: whomever this president picks to do a job – he picks folks who have Russian connections, Russian interests. Why? Or should this be: who tells him to?

USA Today: Trump’s new FBI director has Russian ties of his own
CNN Politics: Trump lawyer has Russian ties of his own
Atlantic, Matt Ford: contradictory defense


About Kate

Multilingual arts & culture journalist, blogger, columnist, writer and translator. Contributor to international (news) media. 2014 winning columnist Gentse Schrijversdagen, Gand, Belgium.
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